Rent My Furnished 1-Bedroom On Capitol Hill (Please!)

I was reading the WSJ’s recent article on, Accidental Landlords, and it reminded me that my tenants were moving out today and I haven’t found a replacement. How depressing. Then I remembered that I’ve been too lazy to post it to my blog. Maybe I’ll get lucky and one of you will know of someone… Read More

Open Houses This Weekend

Seattle has 64 condos and townhouses with open houses this weekend. There’s the newly listed 5th floor unit at the Meritage opening its doors (Sat & Sun, 1-4PM), as is Trace Loft #301 that recently adjusted its price (Sun, 1-4PM). And then there are these three that have adjusted their prices in past weeks —… Read More

Interesting Sales Last Week

Seattle had 35 closed sales in condos and townhouses last week. In new construction, Escala (#608 and #303) and Gallery (#608) once again tally up closed sales, and this time Hjarta (#509 and #309) and Olive 8 (#3209) join in. In resales, there’s one at 1521, plus two condos sell in Cristalla and a 2nd… Read More

The Meritage Cost $5.8M to Build

This isn’t newsworthy but I found it interesting to recent discover that The Meritage, the first building I bought at in 2006, cost $5.8 million to build. 47 units totaling 45,000 square feet. Or $128/square foot. I forget what the average sales $/square foot was but I paid something like $450/square foot (yes, yes I… Read More

MLS Watch

I’m down in San Francisco enjoy some beautiful weather but a few listings finally caught my eye… The Crawford I’ve always had a soft spot for The Crawford and a new listing is now available. #401 is $589,000 for 1,150 1 bed place. Here’s the kitchen: The DeLorges After their opening party The Delorges, at… Read More

Meritage Annual Meeting and Common HOA Issues

Tonight I went to The Meritage’s annual meeting. It’s been the first home owners meeting that I’ve attended. Of the 48 owners fifteen or so showed up and another ten or so assigned proxies so we had quorum. Since most of the issues discussed are likely issues faced by many new HOAs and home owners… Read More

MLS Watch: Re-sales galore

Alright, no more silly exchanges in the comments! I’m too busy enjoying the sunny weather in San Francisco to keep deleting all the off topic comments. Let’s keep the discussion focused on condos. If you want to stray off topic or want to talk about something else please use the forums. To get us back… Read More

MLS Watch: Meritage re-sales and lofts at Monique and Veer

Meritage There has been some discussion of re-sales in the forum. One unit, #401, went STI, #306 popped up on the weekend at $487/sq ft and #203 was just listed today at $490/sq ft. Monique Lofts A cool unit at the Monique Lofts just came on the market, 1505 11th Ave #405 – $599,000, 934… Read More

Meritage Review Part 1: What did I buy and why?

In order to break up the work of writing about my Meritage unit I’m going to do it in parts: Part 1: What did I buy and why? Part 2: Photos Part 3: Defects/annoyances with the unit Part 4: Renovations I want to perform Part 5: Why I tried to fire and then sue my… Read More

MLS Watch: A few cool new units, reductions, etc.

Merrill Place The listing that really caught my eye this week is 97 S Jackson St #402. It just hit the market and looks to be a very nice 1,354 square foot, two bedroom corner unit loft downtown. At $428/square foot it is pretty reasonably priced at $579,000. Check out the photos! Seaboard Another neat… Read More

I have my keys!

Yesterday I signed my docs with the very accommodating Melanie at Wells Fargo in Bellevue and today after a visit to the bank and a few more signatures with my awesome mortgage broker, Warren, I met up with on-site agent extraordinaire, Javila, and got my keys! Thank-you all! I have to admit that even cynical… Read More

Meritage Update

I did a second walk through of my Meritage unit today (#504). The unit still has a broken window and the range hasn’t been installed. They did take care of all the paint details from my last walk through. I’m still disappointed with the cabinet door’s alignments, but maybe I’m just super picky that way… Read More

Meritage delayed again

My move in to the Meritage has been delayed again. I was supposed to move in first on February 18th, then February 26th and now, who knows. The date is question because the elevator has not yet passed inspection. Hopefully this gets resolved before the end of the month.

Meritage move in date

My Meritage move in date is February 18th, 4-8 p.m. Close is still on track for the 15th. I’ll post more about my mortgage situation when I can.

Meritage close dates slipping

My Meritage close date slipped from 2/7 to 2/15. I’m actually happy about this since I haven’t secured a lender yet. Though I’m sure others might be less pleased. Why the delay? The wonky weather has affected elevator installation (critical for move-ins), the cement floors for the second floor, and painting the exterior. At this… Read More

MLS Watch for Last Week

It was a busy week at work for me last week so I didn’t have time to do condo watch. Here’s a re-cap of the week: 2200 Wow, lots of new listings at Live 2200: #W700. #S-403, #W309, #W804, #1001, #S-505. There was also two price drops – $33,000 price drop to $995,000 for unit… Read More

My Close Date

My close date for the Meritage is February 7th. If you have any advice on lenders or closing please let me know, this is my first real estate purchase in America.

Where do sales centers go to die?

I got a nice letter in the (snail) mail today (do not all the buyers have e-mail addresses?) from the folks at Meritage (where I bought a unit) and one of the notes in the message was: We closed the [sales center’s] doors after Thanksgiving, and are donating the cabinets and fixtures to Habitat for… Read More

MLS Watch: Is anyone not flipping their 2200 unit?

Three more 2200 units hit the MLS today. 2200 Westlake #W1106 – $1,028,000 – 2 bed/2 bath – 1,415 sq ft – $757/SqFt 2200 Westlake #W600 – $890,000 – 2 bed/2 bath – 1,423 sq ft – $625/SqFt 2200 Westlake Ave #403 – $495,000 – 1 bed/1 bath – 732 sq ft – $676/SqFt –… Read More

Meritage Incentives

Checking out Craigslist ads I see that the Meritage is offering $7,500-$10,000 buyer bonus incentives on the last three pent house units. They’re also closing down their sales center very soon… 124 Bellevue Ave E #705 – 2 bed/2 bath – 1,008 sq ft – $750,000 124 Bellevue Ave E #??? – 1 bed/1.5 bath… Read More